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Top Tux – What A Great Story
Dear CR I’ve just read the great article on Neil Tuxworth. I thought I knew about Neil, but what an informative article about a truly exceptional man! To have survived the crash injuries (which I never realised he had) was one helluva story, but the
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At The Double!
By 1985 Frederick Burdette Spencer was already a veteran racer and champion. When he turned 23 on December 20, 1984, he had been racing for 17 years. Aged 10 he held dirt-track titles in five US states and three years later he was competing in 100 di
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Paddock Gossip
Buoyed by the success of the CRMC’s Cadwell Park and Darley Moor meetings, everything was set for a brilliant weekend of racing at the Pembrey circuit in South Wales, over the weekend of September 26/27 – but it was not to be. Despite all the challen
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No more Mr Nice Guy!
Don Morley was Rothmans Honda’s photographer during the 1985 double season, and he saw at first hand the pressure on Freddie to land the title and the way he dealt with it: or not! “Looking back on 1985, Freddie took his new GP bikes to Daytona whe
Classic Racer1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Manx Versus Modern
After a shortened classic racing season, Richard Molnar decided to take his Molnar Manx to NG’s Cadwell Park meeting and entered the Open 500 race, just to get some track time. The Open 500 attracts an eclectic field of bikes, including Yamaha and Ka
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Doble Deliig!
Scotland produced a wealth of motorcycle racing talent in the 1980s and 90s, from Donnie McLeod and Niall Mackenzie to Steve Hislop, Jim Moodie, Brian Morrison, Iain MacPherson, and Iain Duffus. But one of the greatest was Ian Simpson, the Dalbeattie
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Fork Out…
Classic racing enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that replica Rickman forks will once more be available soon. Originally introduced for the Rickman Metisse in the mid-1960s, these forks were popular on both race and road machines. With 41.3mm stanc
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Hated Hailwood!
Such is the love for Mike Hailwood now, almost 40 years after his untimely death, it’s easy to forget things weren’t always that way. Hailwood had to earn that love the hard way, by his skills on a motorcycle and by the humility of his character beca
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Welcome
It’s nice to be able to recall two amazing double championship wins in this issue of Classic Racer. For many of a certain age, Freddie Spencer was their favourite 500cc champion ever: I know of three biker friends who named their children after the g
Classic Racer7 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Green Meanie
Kawasaki’s inline four-cylinder 750cc production racers did well worldwide in the various championships they were eligible in. In 1988, with the new global series – the World Superbike Championship – proving to be the perfect way for the major manufa
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Dan Kneen Charitable Fund
The Dan Kneen Charitable Fund has handed over two sizeable cheques to organisations closely associated with motorsport. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on fund-raising globally, and the Isle of Man is no exception. The Rob Vine Fund,
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The Go-Show
“ Without any doubt, Anthony Gobert was the biggest natural talent I ever saw ride during my career, ” so said Colin Edwards, two-time World Superbike champ and former MotoGP star. Anthony Gobert was an enigma. He’d been an off-roader who came late t
Classic Racer1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Go-getting Grant
Youngster William Grant, pictured with dad Mick, took his first win with the CRMC at the recent Darley meeting. The 17-year-old followed up a couple of 3rd places with a masterclass in the rain in the final race, winning by over three seconds. Willia
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Howarth Has It
Peter Howarth kept the Union flag flying at the FIME Vintage Road Race Championships at the Grobnik (Rijeka) circuit in Croatia. The round, held over the weekend of September 19/20 was the only round on the 2020 FIME calendar to survive the Covid-19
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Classic Racer
Bertie Simmonds bsimmonds@mortons.co.uk Tim Hartley thartley@mortons.co.uk Neil Morris, Stuart Barker, Gary D Chapman, Alan Cathcart, Phil Aynsley, Jeff Ware, James Robinson, Mick Ofield, Fred Pidcock, Pete Morris Sarah Wilkinson Michael Baumber, Cha
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Championship for Chris
Yoxall-based Chris Saltinstall was delighted to win the CRMC’s 1300 Superbike Championship on his 1064 Moto Guzzi Le Mans. Recapping on his year he said: “I would like to thank the CRMC for putting so much effort into running a full season, which unf
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Inspirational Ito!
// DATE: JUNE 10, 1963 // LOCATION: ISLE OF MAN Mitsuo Ito, still the only Japanese rider to win an Isle of ManTT victory, was something of an industry legend and – according to the many Suzuki employees past and present – a real character… Ito-san
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Book Corner
Valentino Rossi – the definitive biography By Stuart Barker Price: £18.99 The latest biography by noted bikesport author Stuart Barker, this looks at the life and career of arguably the greatest motorcycle racer of all time – Valentino Rossi. Rossi
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Yasutomo Nagai
// DATE: AUGUST 6, 1995 // LOCATION: BRANDS HATCH Yamaha was groomingYasutomo Nagai for success on the world stage in the early 1990s. Yasu raced in the All-Japan championships and took a win in the 1994 Bol d’Or with Christian and Dominique Sarron
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The Pinhard Trophy
The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club is once more seeking nominations for one of the UK’s most prestigious awards – The Pinhard Trophy. This award has been presented since 1950 to the best Under-21-yearold sporting motorcyclist competing under ACU or SACU ju
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Aprilia RS Cube
// DATE: JUNE 8, 2003 // LOCATION: MUGELLO The Aprilia RS3 or ‘RS Cube’ was a problem child, at best. Launched at the Bologna Show at the end of 2001, ready for the new four-stroke MotoGP season the following year, it was to be ridden by former 500c
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Ted Mellors
A few years after Ted Mellors’ untimely death in 1946, the noted author, historian and rider Geoff Davison received a telephone call from Gladys Mellors, Ted’s widow. She had discovered a manuscript typed by her late husband recalling his racing expe
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These Weise Montana Gloves Worth £99.99!
1 & 4: The answer to a Roger Burnett question “Who’s that w*nker on the Bimota?” (9,7) 7:Two legendary initials that went on a two-wheeled racing Proton. (2) 8: Soviet-made GP bikes of the 1960s, nothing to do withYuri Gagarin, despite the name. (6
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Saint Michael’s Mount!
Not only was Mike Hailwood one of the most successful riders in road racing history, he was also one of the most versatile. For Mike not only raced a huge variety of machines throughout his 23-year career, but he often competed on three or four diffe
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Readers Write
Dear CR Really enjoyed the Niall Mackenzie article in the latest issue of Classic Racer – it reminds me very much of my times following Grand Prix racing in the 1980s and 90s and latterly the British Superbike championship, of which Niall was champio
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Polished Privateer
It’s a thoroughly modern classic – Honda’s VFR750R RC30. Built to win the nascent World Superbike championship in the late 1980s, it did indeed achieve that for Honda – American ‘Flyin’ Fred Merkel took his Rumi Honda RC30 to the title in the debut y
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Star Letter Prize
Remember to keep sending in your letters. Now, more than ever, as we deal with the coronavirus situation, we want to hear your stories and find out what you think of the magazine. Each issue we’ll pick a star letter, the writer of which will win a su
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1995 Honda Nsr500
The NSR500 brought Honda to a period of total domination of the 500cc World Road Race Championship by the mid-1990s. In 1984, Honda wheeled out their first four-cylinder two-stroke race bike. Like the NR500, some radical ideas were incorporated – the
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Answer Us!
Dear CR Just a quick note… I’ve been a reader for many years so may I make a suggestion? Why not actually answer the good readers who take the time to write, type or email in their various missives? Would be a bit more courteous don’t you think? Jus
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A Family Affair
‘The paddock was our social life’, my mum used to say. After all, we were more likely to indulge in beans on toast in the pit garage than cordon bleu at the à la carte restaurant. Weekends away generally involved standing in the pouring rain, fingers
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